If one goes through enough numbers, one will eventually come upon some statistics that seem to fit one’s vision. These are what might be called 'Aha!' statistics. Other statistics which suggest opposite conclusions bring no Aha! but are more likely to be glided over and forgotten
— Thomas Sowell (@ThomasSowell) March 22, 2019
Jenny was a bright pupil who asked a lot of questions.
One day she asked her English teacher why we ignore some letters when we’re speaking, for example the letter h in hour, honour and honest.
The teacher said, “We’re not ignoring them, they’re just silent.”
Shortly afterwards the lunch bell went and the teacher handed Jenny her lunch and asked her to heat it in the common room.
Jenny went to the common room, ate all the food and returned the empty container to the teacher.
The teacher said, “What happened to my lunch? I asked you to heat it and you’ve come back with an empty container.”
”But Miss,” Jenny said, “I thought the h was silent.”
Farmers share tax reform fears but don’t back beneficiary bashing – Jennifer Eder:
Farmers say they are not worried about becoming the Government’s “ATMs” for beneficiary payments through tax reform, as a regional representative has claimed.
But they are anxious about proposed taxes and suspected Federated Farmers Marlborough president Phillip Neal was speaking out of frustration when he described beneficiaries as “useless”.
Neal made the comments in a newsletter earlier this month, saying a series of taxes proposed last month including a capital gains tax, emissions tax, water tax, and fertiliser tax were unfairly targeting farmers. . .
Finding the balance between long and short term – Allan Barber:
Every business has to find an appropriate balance between long and short term planning and farming is no exception. But, given farmers are very capable of planning and implementing their annual farm strategy, the long term offers the greater challenge. Forward planning involves a high degree of risk assessment, because decisions must take into account several critical factors over which the farmer has little or no control.
Four obvious areas are government policy, climate effect, changing consumer attitudes and market access. A business can seek advice on all these from industry bodies, consultants, accountants, economists and lawyers, but in the end the buck stops with the farmer who must assess every factor which affects farm policy and performance without any certainty about the decisions being more right than wrong. . .
The major winner in the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards aims to look after his people, pasture, cows and environment through sustainable best practices and increase profit through innovative business culture.
Ruwan Wijayasena was announced winner of the region’s Share Farmer of the Year competition at the Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards annual awards dinner held at the Wigram Airforce Museum. The other major winners were Matt Redmond, who was named the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year, and Nicola Blowey, the 2019 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year. . .
Members of the QEII National Trust have elected Donna Field and Graham Mourie to serve as Directors on the QEII Board. Both candidates will serve a three-year term, effective immediately.
“We are pleased to welcome Donna Field back to the Board and Graham Mourie as a new director” said James Guild, Chairperson of QEII National Trust.
Donna Field has been re-elected to serve a second term on the Board. Her background includes resource management, director of Cleardale Station, a sheep and beef property in Rakaia Gorge and retiring chair of the Whitcombe Landcare group. . .
Public submissions have opened on an application to manufacture a fungicide in New Zealand for use in the control of a disease which affects wheat.
Dow AgroSciences (NZ) Ltd is seeking approval to manufacture GF-3308, for control of speckled leaf blotch (Septoria tritici) and also to suppress brown leaf rust (Puccinia triticina).
The applicant proposes that GF-3308 would be applied by ground-based and aerial broadcast spray methods. . .
Winter grazing practices have improved over the past few years, but Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will continue to monitor livestock farms and their land use practices this winter.
Poor performers are now more in the minority says the Regional Council’s Central Catchment Manager, Brendan Powell.
“Many people aren’t aware that farmers are already well into their planning and operations ahead of winter, with winter crops in the ground and growing. The approach they take with their grazing management of crops and stock is an important part of good farming practices,” says Mr Powell. . .
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
There are some things money just cannot buy, like manners, morals and common sense.
240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
1296 Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.
1746 Francisco Goya, Spanish painter, was born (d. 1828).
1811 Robert Bunsen, German chemist, was born (d. 1899).
1814 Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces marched into Paris.
1820 – Anna Sewell, British author, was born (d. 1878).
1842 Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation by Dr Crawford Long.
1844 One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti took place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.
1853 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter, was born (d. 1890).
1855 Origins of the American Civil War: Bleeding Kansas – “Border Ruffians” from Missouri invaded Kansas and forced election of a pro-slavery legislature.
1856 The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.
1858 Hymen Lipman patented a pencil with an attached rubber.
1863 Danish prince Wilhelm Georg was chosen as King George of Greece.
1864 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist, was born (d. 1943).
1885 The Battle for Kushka triggered the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gave rise to war between the British and Russian Empires.
1909 The Queensboro Bridge opened, linking Manhattan and Queens.
1910 The Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.
1913 Frankie Laine, American singer, was born (d. 2007).
1918 Outburst of bloody March Events in Baku and other locations of Baku Governorate.
1928 Tom Sharpe, English satirical author, was born (d. 2013).
1930 Rolf Harris, Australian artist and entertainer, was born.
1937 Warren Beatty, American actor and director, was born.
1940 Sino-Japanese War: Japan declared Nanking to be the capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Ching-wei.
1941 Graeme Edge, British musician (Moody Blues), was born.
1945 Eric Clapton, British guitarist, was born.
1945 – World War II: a defecting German pilot delivered a MesserschmittMe 262A-1 to the Americans.
1949 A riot broke out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.
1950 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor and comedian, was born.
1954 Yonge Street subway line opened in Toronto, the first subway in Canada.
1959 Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis, who was convicted of child abuse at the Christchurch Civic Creche, was born.
1961 The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed in New York.
1962 MC Hammer, American rap musician, was born.
1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer, was born,
1965 Vietnam War: A car bomb exploded in front of the US Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer, was born.
1972 Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive began after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam.
1979 Airey Neave, a British MP, was killed by a car bomb as left the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
1979 Norah Jones, American musician, was born.
1981 President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
2004 – Historian Michael King died.
2006 The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 became law.
2009 – Twelve gunmen attacked the Manawan Police Academy in Lahore, Pakistan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Echopraxia – meaningless repetition or imitation of the movements of others as a symptom of psychiatric disorder; involuntary repetition or imitation of another person’s actions; pathological repetition of the actions of other people as if echoing them.